September 29, 2016

Otober and November Redmond Library programs

From the Redmond library
Kids, Family, and Teens programs at the Redmond library October and November


Preschool Parade Storytime: Stories, songs, rhymes, crafts to develop early literacy skills. Age 3-5. Wednesdays • 10:15 a.m. Spanish Storytime at 11:15 (ages 0-5 yrs)

Mother Goose & More: Participatory music with books, rhymes, and bounces. Age 0-3. Thursdays • 10:15 a.m.

Toddlin’ Tales: Participation stories and movement rhymes to enhance social and language development. For children18-36 months.
  Monday, October 10, 10:15
  Monday, October 24, 10:15
  Monday, November 14, 10:15
  Monday, November 28, 10:15

Animal Adventures: Live animals, stories, crafts with High Desert Museum. 3+ years
  Monday, October 3 and 17, 10:15
  Monday, November 7, 10:15

Pajama Storytime: Evening storytime with songs, rhymes, crafts and PJs. Age 0-5. Tuesday, October 11, 6 p.m,

MnMs (Music, Movement and Stories): Movement and stories to develop skills and encourage fun and with music. Age 3-5.
  Friday, October 21, 10:15
  Friday, November 18, 10:15

Science Storytime: Stories and science with hands-on experiments. 3+ years.
  Friday, October 7, 10:15
  Friday, November 4, 10:15


Family Block Party: LEGO® Universe at Your Library: Read! Build! Play! Join other builders and a gazillion Legos. All ages.
  Saturday, October 8, 10:30-12
  Saturday, November 12, 10:30-12

Chimps, Inc. Workshop: Learn about Chimps, Inc., and make learning toys for the chimpanzees. Saturday, October 29, 10-11 All ages


Teen Advisory Board: Plan library programs, meet new people, eat snacks!
  Wednesday, October 5, 2-3  Wednesday, November 7, 2-3

Make: Android Apps: Use MIT’s app inventor to make an Android app. Registration required. Wednesday, October 12, 1:30-3

Make: Letters for Vets (Ages 9-17): Celebrate Veterans Day (and earn community service hours) by creating cards that will be delivered to Central Oregon veterans. Wednesday, November 9, 2-3:30

STEAM Team: Use MIT’s app inventor to make an Android app. Registration required. Saturday, October 8, 2-4

STEAM Team - Crime Scene Analysis: How do you analyze evidence? Try hands-on fingerprint identification, chromatography, and more. November 12 th , 2-4

Teen Territory: Hang out, mess around, geek out. Games, crafts, and more.
  Wednesday, October 26, 1:30-3:30
  Wednesday, November 30, 1:30-3:30

September 28, 2016

Smith Rock to host annual archaeology series

From State Parks


Spokesman photo

   Smith Rock State Park will host its 14th annual Oregon Archaeology Celebration (OAC) lecture series in October. In addition to the weekly Friday evening presentations, a special Saturday event is set for Oct. 1. All presentations will take place at the Smith Rock State Park Welcome Center, 10087 NE Crooked River Drive, Terrebonne. The free talks are open to the public. Day-use parking is $5. Annual parking passes for 12- or 24-months are available.

   "This is an outstanding opportunity for members of the public to discover the compelling and colorful history and heritage of our region," said Paul Patton, Mountain Region resource specialist for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD).

   Oct. 1 [Saturday], noon-3 p.m.: Patrick O'Grady, Ph.D., and staff archaeologist for the University of Oregon Museum of Natural and Cultural History, will display and discuss "The Traveling Museum of Oregon Prehistory."

   The following Friday evening presentations are scheduled from 7-8:30 p.m.and will include a question and answer period.

   Oct. 7: Rory Becker, Eastern Oregon University associate professor of anthropology, will present "Seeing Beneath the Soil: Remote Sensing Techniques in Archaeology."

   Oct. 14: Jenny Huang, Bureau of Reclamation archaeologist, will present "A Place of Power: The Watson Rock Art Site of Malheur County."

   Oct. 21: Eric Iseman, OPRD park ranger and researcher, will present "Tribal Rock Art of the Oregon Country."

   Oct. 28: Paul M. Patton, OPRD resource specialist, will present "A New Look at the Peopling of the Americas."

   The OAC program was established in 1993 when Gov. Barbara Roberts made a proclamation that set aside one month each year to celebrate and promote Oregon's archaeology, cultural heritage and history.

   Smith Rock State Park is located off U.S 97 three miles north of Redmond and three miles east of Terrebonne. More information and directions are available at or by calling 541-923-7551, ext. 21.

September 26, 2016

Sept. 7, 14, and 21, 2016 Obituaries


Gilbert Frank Staender, of Camp Sherman
Feb. 25, 1930 - Aug. 27, 2016

Arrangements: Baird Funeral Home of Bend is honored to serve the family. Please visit our website,, to share condolences and sign our online guestbook.
Services: No formal services will be held.
Contributions may be made to: The Nature Conservancy in Oregon, 821 SE 14th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214,(503) 802-8100,

Lynda Rae Ashby, of Madras
Sept. 2, 1943 - Aug. 30, 2016

Arrangements: Arrangements entrusted to Redmond Memorial Chapel, 541-548-3219,
Services: No services scheduled at this time.
Contributions may be made to: No services scheduled at this time

Leonard Arthur Smith, of Redmond
Oct. 20, 1957 - Aug. 27, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND 541-504-9485
Services: Private family service.


Gary Lewis Richards, of Bend
Jan. 19, 1943 - Aug. 31, 2016

Arrangements: Deschutes Memorial Chapel and Gardens, 541-382-5592 Visit our online register at or on Facebook
Services: A graveside service with full military honors was held Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, at Deschutes Memorial Gardens,
Bend, OR.
Contributions may be made to: Memorial contributions in Gary’s memory may be made to the American Legion, Sons of the American Revolution or to a charity of one’s choosing.

Florence Helen Lowery, of Redmond
Jan. 12, 1931 - Sept. 5, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND 541-504-9485
Services: Memorial Service on September 19 at 11:00 am at the Trinity Lutheran Church at 2194 SE Minter Bridge Road in Hillsboro, Oregon.
Contributions may be made to: Hospice of Redmond, 732 SW 23rd St. in Redmond, Oregon.

Patricia Leona Ahern, of Madras
April 14, 1927 - Aug. 29, 2016

Services: Services have been held.
Contributions may be made to: The Barney and Patricia Ahern Memorial Scholarship Fund, care of the Jefferson County Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 16, Madras, OR 97741. Please note Barney and Patricia Ahern Memorial Fund on check memo.

Charles Henry Soriano, of Redmond
Nov. 2, 1928 - Sept. 2, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND 541-504-9485
Services: Graveside Service was held-2:00 pm at Tumalo Pioneer Cemetery-South of Connan Road on Cline Falls Road in Bend, Oregon.

Lincoln Paul Cox, of Crooked River Ranch
June 1, 1951 - Sept. 11, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND 541-504-9485
Services: Memorial Service on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 2:00 pm at 14171 SW Ridge Place in Crooked River Ranch, Oregon.

Micky Dean Williams, of Redmond
Aug. 14, 1952 - Sept. 2, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND 541-504-9485
Services: Celebration of Life Service on Saturday, September 17 at 1:00 pm at the Christian Church of Redmond, 536 SW 10th Street.

Robert Kayo Glazebrook Sr., of Redmond
Mar. 18, 1930 - Aug. 29, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND 541-504-9485
Services: Services were already held.

Arthur Robert Martin, of Troutdale, OR
Sept. 10, 1918 - Sept. 1, 2016

Arrangements: Arrangements entrusted to Redmond Memorial Chapel, 541-548-3219,
Services: At his request, there will be no service.

Gary Evan Gregerson, of Redmond
Mar. 17, 1939 - Sept. 4, 2016

Arrangements: Redmond Memorial Chapel, 541-548-3219,
Services: No services scheduled at this time.
Eileen Ellen Corey, of Redmond
April 6, 1924 - Sept. 3, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funeral Home, Redmond, 541-504-9485
Services: No services at this time.

Robert D. (Bob) West, of Redmond, OR
Mar. 19, 1939 - Sept. 2, 2016

Services: A private family service has been held.


David LaVern Dow, of Terrebonne
Nov. 18, 1943 - Sept. 13, 2016

Arrangements: Deschutes Memorial Chapel and Gardens is honored to serve the family -(541) 382-5592. Visit our online register book to send condolences and share treasured memories at or on Facebook
Services: A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday September 24, 2016 at 1:30 PMat the Terrebonne Grange Hall located at 8286 11th St. in Terrebonne, (541) 548-4269 .
Contributions may be made to: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund Traveling Wall Memorial, 1235 South Clark Street, Suite 910, Arlington, VA 22202,  202.393.0090

Cameron Lee Hatch, of Madras
Sept. 26, 2002 - Sept. 4, 2016

Arrangements: Bel-Air Funeral Home, 541-475-2241
Services: Funeral Services were held on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Bel-Air Colonial Chapel. Burial will follow at Mt. Jefferson Memorial Park.

Roberta (Bobbi) Grace Wold, of Redmond
Passed on Sept. 7, 2016

Arrangements: Sandy Funeral Home, 1-503-668-6015
Services: A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday September 17 at 11am at City Center Foursquare Church, Redmond, OR (8th & Forest).

Lloyd William Robinson, of Redmond
Jan. 17, 1955 - Sept. 12, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND 541-504-9485
Services: No services at this time.

Doris Augusta Louise Graham, of Redmond
Dec. 16, 1921 - Sept. 14, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND 541-504-9485
Services: Private Service at a later date.

Hugh Arden Stephan, of Redmond
Jan. 1, 1933 - Sept. 9, 2016
Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND 541-504-9485
Services: No services at this time.

Edward Rex Webber, of Culver
Mar. 25, 1935 - Sept. 14, 2016

Arrangements: Autumn Funerals- REDMOND 541-504-9485
Services: Services at a later date.

September 25, 2016

K Bar D, award winning ranch

From American Angus Association

Local ranch K Bar D wins awards out of state

   K Bar D Ranch Angus exhibitors led 118 entries at the 2016 Washington State Fair Roll of Victory (ROV) Angus Show, September 11-11 in Puyallup, Wash. They also led 71 entries at the 2016 Western Idaho Fair Roll of Victory (ROV) Angus Show, August 20 in Boise, Idaho. Brian Barragree, Absarokee, Mont., evaluated the entries before naming champions.

K Bar D, Redmond, Ore. won breeders' best six head at the 2016 Washington State Fair Roll of Victory (ROV) Angus Show, Sept. 11 in Puyallup, Wash. Photo by Chelsey Smith, American Angus Association.

K Bar D, Redmond, Ore., won first place get-of-sire at the 2016 Washington State Fair Roll of Victory (ROV) Angus Show, Sept. 11 in Puyallup, Wash. K Bar D Joe Canada 18Y sired the winning group. Photo by Chelsey Smith, American Angus Association.

K Bar D, Redmond, Ore., won junior get-of-sire at the 2016 Washington State Fair Roll of Victory (ROV) Angus Show, Sept. 11 in Puyallup, Wash. K Bar D Joe Canada 18Y sired the winning group. Photo by Chelsey Smith, American Angus Association.

K Bar D Wendy 19B won grand champion cow-calf pair at the 2016 Western Idaho Fair Roll of Victory (ROV) Angus Show, Aug. 20 in Boise, Idaho. William Hargrafen, Muscatine, Iowa, and K Bar D, Redmond, Ore., own the February 2014 daughter of K Bar D Joe Canada 18Y. A February 2016 heifer calf sired by WK Identity 2024 completes the winning duo. Brian Barragree, Absarokee, Mont., evaluated the 71 entries. Photo by Jake Troutt, American Angus Association.

K Bar D Joe Canada 13D won reserve junior bull calf champion at the 2016 Western Idaho Fair Roll of Victory (ROV) Angus Show, Aug. 20 in Boise, Idaho. K Bar D, Redmond, Ore., owns the winning bull. Photo by Jake Troutt, American Angus Association.

September 24, 2016

Fire restriction levels to change

From BLM Public Affairs

Public Use Restrictions and Industrial Fire Precaution Levels set to change on public lands in Central Oregon

Central Ore. – With consistently cooler nights, reduced fire activity around the Pacific Northwest, and a fewer human-caused wildfires recently, the Prineville District Bureau of Land Management, the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests and the Crooked River National Grassland are lifting campfire and smoking restrictions effective 12:01 a.m. September 23, 2016 (Friday) on federal lands in Central Oregon.

   For the reduction in Public Use Restrictions, open fires, including charcoal fires, will be allowed. Private lands protected by the Oregon Department of Forestry remain under a Regulated Closure at this time. Be aware that some federal sites still have campfire restrictions such as Hosmer Lake, and that the seasonal restrictions on BLM-administered lands in the following areas remain in effect:

   Until September 30, 2016:
   On public lands within 1/4 mile of the river’s edge in the following locations:
- Mainstem John Day River from Tumwater Falls (River Mile 10) upstream to Kimberly (River Mile 185);
- North Fork John Day River, from the confluence with the mainstem at Kimberly (River Mile 0) upstream to the Umatilla National Forest boundary (River Mile 62);
- South Fork John Day River from Smokey Creek (River Mile 6) upstream to Malheur National Forest boundary (River Mile 47).

   Until October 15, 2016:

- Crooked River - Within ½ mile of the river’s edge along the Lower Crooked River from the Highway 97 Bridge to Lake Billy Chinook.
- Deschutes River - Within ½ mile of the river’s edge from the Highway 20 bridge to Lake Billy Chinook; including all BLM-administered lands north of the Jefferson county line and between the Deschutes River and
Crooked River. Within ½ mile of Lake Simtustus (between Round Butte Dam and Pelton Dam)
- Within the Lower Deschutes National Wild and Scenic River corridor (Pelton Dam to the Columbia River)
- Lake Billy Chinook - Those public lands located within ½ mile of Lake Billy Chinook; including BLM Beach dispersed recreation site located approximately ½ mile east of the Three Rivers Recreation Area on the south shore of the Metolius River Arm of the lake.
- White River - Within ½ mile of the river’s edge from its confluence with the Deschutes River upstream to the eastern boundary of the Mount Hood National Forest.

   At the same time, the Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL), which regulates permitted and commercial activities on federal lands, will drop to a Level II (called a Partial Hootowl). Under this level, commercial and personal woodcutting, welding, cable yarding and blasting is allowed, where authorized, between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. with a minimum of a one-hour fire watch following activity.

   Officials want to remind the public that using explosive target material, such as Tannerite, explosives, and fireworks continue to be prohibited on all federal lands.

   Officials carefully consider the current fire situation, fuel moisture and predicted weather before making the decision to lift fire restrictions. Fire Officials want to remind people recreating on public lands to continue to use caution even though fall is approaching and temperatures are cooling down; wildfires are still possible. All campfires, including warming fires used by hunters, should be cold to the touch when not being watched. Every fire that’s prevented protects our communities and helps our firefighters remain available, rested, and safe.

About the BLM: The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.

The mission of the USDA Forest Service is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the Nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations. The Agency manages 193 million acres of public land, provides assistance to State and private landowners, and maintains the largest forestry research organization in the world. The USDA is an equal opportunity employer.

Utility Trailer Sales of Oregon, Redmond awarded

From 350 Deschutes, 

Redmond Business to Receive Award at Climate Conference

   Utility Trailer Sales of Oregon, Redmond will receive a Climate Champion Award at the Conference, Climate Change: Solutions & Opportunities, to be held Oct. 3-4, at Mt Bachelor Village Resort Conference Center, Bend.

   The award is given to companies, government, and individuals that show exemplary leadership in actions that combat climate change. Utility Trailer Sales of Oregon installed enough solar, in partnership with E2Solar, of Bend, to become a Net Zero Facility. This means that the amount of energy that is consumed equals the amount of energy that is created.

Others receiving the award include:
Worthy Brewery
Three Sisters Irrigation District
Kyra Kadhim and Skylar Grayson, two youth

   “The clean economy offers value to individuals, businesses, and communities”, says Diane Hodiak, executive director of 350deschutes. 

   If anyone wishes to hear the full stories of the Climate Champions, or learn ideas for themselves, they may visit and also to register for the conference being held Oct. 3-4, $25, at Mt Bachelor Village Resort Conference Center.

September 23, 2016

City has new Community Development Director

From the city of Redmond

City of Redmond Hires Kate Porsche as New Director of Community Development

 Kate Porsche                                                       Submitted photo
   The City of Redmond announced today the hiring of Kate Porsche as the new Director of Community Development (CDD). Her official start date will be October 6, 2016.

   Her primary areas of responsibility for the City of Redmond will be to oversee a 16-person staff encompassing building permits, code enforcement, community development block grant administration, planning, urban renewal, and staffing of various volunteer committees.

   Ms. Porsche has Masters in Public Policy from Oregon State University and joins Redmond after spending the last decade at the City of Albany, Oregon; most recently in the role of overseeing economic development and urban renewal.

   “Redmond is a community that's doing amazing things - a community with a strong entrepreneurial spirit, a family and business friendly culture, and is a City known across Oregon for getting things done. I'm thrilled to be a part of it and look forward to continuing the momentum of bringing transformative projects to Redmond by working with my talented team and the City Council," remarked Kate Porsche.

   “Kate’s skill set and personality matches our organizational culture and embraces the innovative values of Redmond. She brings a proven track record of success and has forged lasting professional partnerships across her career,” said City Manager Keith Witcosky.

   The City received more than 30 applications for the position representing nearly a half-dozen states. The decision to hire Ms. Porsche followed an inclusive, multi-panel interview process; a public meet and greet; and a half-day interacting with the CDD staff.

September 19, 2016

Google wants your doodles

From Google

Doodle 4 Google contest open to Oregon students

   This year’s 'Doodle 4 Google,' contest kicked off Sept. 14, with the theme of “What I see for the future…” K-12 artists from across the U.S., Guam and Puerto Rico are invited to bring their imagination to life in a doodle of the Google logo, using any medium they choose. The winning masterpiece will adorn the Google homepage for a day for millions of people to enjoy, and national finalists along with state and territory winners will have their artwork on display online.

   Last year, a 12th grader from Beaverton, Oregon was the state winner for her doodle under the 2015 theme, “What makes me…me,” which you can view here(photos of the winner with her winning Doodle are also available).

   This year, “What I see for the future…” encourages students to visually represent what they anticipate and wish for in the coming years – globally or in their own lives. Whether that future includes flying dogs, living on a shooting star or a great trip with their family, these doodles can be submitted here, at anytime.

For more information on the contest:
Announcement/Doodle 4 Google homepage:

September 18, 2016

Redmond Police seek to increase community connection

From the City of Redmond

A Personalized Approach to Community Engagement and Education

   The Redmond Police Department (RPD) recently launched a Community Speaker Program. The purpose of the program is to increase citizen’s knowledge of crime prevention by having trained department representatives make presentations on related topics to members of the community. The program was developed as a means of enhancing communication and buildings relationships between local youth, community groups, and the police department.

   “The Redmond Police Department cares about connecting with our community and it all starts with quality relationships. We see this program, and the small group conversations, as a very personal way to create partnerships that lead to a well-informed and safe and secure community,” shares Sergeant Curtis Chambers.

   The Community Speaker Program is a free service to interested residents and organizations. Presentation lengths vary by topic and can be customized as needed. A few of the presentation topics available include; personal safety, senior issues, burglary prevention, identity theft, bullying and substance awareness. The program also allows for more informal Q & A type sessions.

   This direct interaction between officers and community members is intended to promote a free flow of information and ideas, creating a better understanding of each other’s needs and the police department that serves them. Once a citizen understands how the police department does its job, that citizen can better relay to the police department their neighborhood needs.

   “RPD is eager to share directly with resident’s different ways they can be safe and secure, as well as to inform the public on the vision and mission of their police department,” states Redmond Police Chief Dave Tarbet.

   If you are interested in having the Redmond Police Department come present to your group, classroom or organization, please contact the department’s non-emergency number at 541-504-3400. Your request will be processed based on availability. Follow them on Facebook at

September 17, 2016

Cascade Natural Gas awarded for customer satisfaction

News Release

J.D. Power recognizes Cascade Natural Gas for outstanding customer satisfaction

KENNEWICK, WASH. – Sept. 14, 2016 – Cascade Natural Gas received the highest ranking in satisfaction among residential natural gas customers in the midsize natural gas utilities segment of the West Region for the second straight year, according to a national study.

The 2016 J.D. Power Gas Utility Residential Customers Satisfaction StudySM was released today. Cascade Natural Gas received a score of 728, which was the highest among midsize natural gas utilities in the West Region. The regional average score was 703. The study looks at six study factors: safety and reliability, billing and payment, price, corporate citizenship, communications, and customer service.

“To achieve this honor for the second straight year is outstanding recognition for our employees, who make it their highest priority every day to provide safe and reliable natural gas service,” said Scott Madison, executive vice president and general manager of Cascade Natural Gas. “We take great pride in serving our nearly 277,000 customers in Washington and Oregon.”

The 2016 Gas Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study, in its 15th year, is based on more than 62,000 responses from residential customers of 82 large and midsize gas utilities across the continental United States. The study was fielded between September 2015 and July 2016.

Cascade Natural Gas is a natural gas distribution company serving nearly 277,000 residential, commercial, industrial and transportation customers in 96 communities in Washington and Oregon. Cascade is a subsidiary of MDU Resources Group, Inc., a diversified natural resources company traded on the New York Stock Exchange as “MDU.” For more information about MDU Resources, visit the company’s website at For more information about Cascade, visit

September 16, 2016

Nominate a Redmond football coach as the 'Most Valuable Coach'

From U.S. Cellular


Wireless Carrier Teams Up with College Football Hall of Fame Coach Barry Alvarez to Find Inspirational High School Football Head Coaches

   U.S. Cellular has launched the Most Valuable Coach program, a campaign to highlight and recognize current high school football head coaches who have made a profound impact on an individual, school or community.

   Starting Sep. 9 through noon CT on Oct. 3, the wireless carrier is encouraging the Redmond community to nominate a current high school football head coach by visiting and sharing their story about why the coach is “most valuable.” At the end of the program, two coaches will be recognized on the field at the Under Armour High School All-America Game on Jan. 1 and receive $5,000 each for their school.

   “At U.S. Cellular, we are inspired by coaches in the Redmond community, and we look forward to hearing their motivating stories and recognizing the important work they do on and off the field,” said Erryn Andersen, director of sales for U.S. Cellular’s Northwest territory at U.S. Cellular. “We know that high school football coaches can be leaders in their communities, and we want to celebrate the impact these coaches have on their players, other students and the Redmond area as a whole.”

   To launch the program, U.S. Cellular reunited College Football Hall of Fame Coach Barry Alvarez with members of his 1978 Mason City High School football team, who he coached to the Class 4A Iowa state title. In a video, hosted on, the team shares how Alvarez and other coaches have had an impact on their lives and the community in Mason City.

   “As a coach, I have always felt it was part of my job to inspire my players both on and off the field,” said Alvarez. “The coach’s role extends far beyond the sidelines, and through this program, U.S. Cellular is looking for the coaches who are helping to shape the future members of our communities by acting as teachers, friends and mentors to high school students.”

   Once a coach is nominated, U.S. Cellular will evaluate each nominee based on leadership qualities and the positive impact they have had on their community. The top 50 coaches will be announced on Oct. 4.

   Public voting then begins at and runs through noon CT on Oct. 17, when the top 15 vote-getters advance as the Final 15. Each of the Final 15 coaches will receive $1,000 from U.S. Cellular for their school to use however they choose. The company will also host a celebratory event to honor each coach and create a short video detailing the coach’s story and impact on their players, school and the community.

   The two winning coaches will be determined by a public vote taking place Oct. 20 through Nov. 18 and will be announced as a U.S. Cellular Most Valuable Coach on Nov. 21. The winning coaches and their guests will receive a trip to Orlando, Fla., and be recognized live on the Citrus Bowl’s field during the nationally-televised Under Armour High School All-America Game on Jan. 1 on ESPN.

   For more information and to view the official program rules, please

About U.S. Cellular
U.S. Cellular is the fifth-largest full-service wireless carrier in the United States, providing national network coverage and industry-leading innovations designed to elevate the customer experience. The Chicago-based carrier has a strong line-up of cutting-edge devices that are all backed by a high-quality network in big and small cities and rural communities, and currently, 99 percent of customers have access to 4G LTE speeds. U.S. Cellular was named a J.D. Power and Associates Customer Champion in 2014 for the third time in four years. To learn more about U.S. Cellular, visit one of its retail stores or To get the latest news, promos and videos, connect with U.S. Cellular on, and

September 15, 2016

Benefit dinner to be held at The Ranch at the Canyons

From Jessica Stockel, Aperion

Aperion Management Group Hosts Inaugural Farm to Fork Dinner to Benefit Heart of Oregon Corps

   Aperion Management Group, Central Oregon's first and only Accredited Association Management Company that specializes in Homeowners Association (HOA) management, is proud to host Farm to Fork: Sunset at Smith Rock, 5 p.m., Saturday, October 15, at the Old Winery Clubhouse at The Ranch at the Canyons

   The public is invited to a dinner event benefiting Heart of Oregon Corps for a four course gourmet family style dinner sourced entirely from local farms, live music, and a silent auction, all while enjoying a sunset view of magnificent Smith Rock. All proceeds will benefit Heart of Oregon Corps, a local non-profit providing vocational training and continuing education to opportunity youth ages 16-24 through their work-learn-earn model.

   “Heart of Oregon is in major need of equipment upgrades and Aperion’s commitment to raising funds at the Farm to Fork Dinner to help us improve and modernize our current fleet will quite literally help carry us and our youth into the future,” said Laura Handy, Heart of Oregon Corps Executive Director.

   Tickets will be extremely limited and are available for purchase at The public is encouraged not to miss out on this rare opportunity to experience “the other side” of Smith Rock, dine on food from local farmers and support a great cause.

About Aperion Management Group, LLC:
Aperion Management Group, LLC is Central Oregon's first and only Accredited Association Management Company (AAMC) that specializes in Homeowners Association (HOA) management in Central Oregon. With over fifty years combined experience in management, building and development, Aperion strives to create a more responsive and efficient management process for communities in and around Bend. To learn more visit, or call us at 541.389.3172.

About Heart of Oregon Corps:
Heart of Oregon Corps is a nonprofit organization invested in inspiring and empowering positive change in the lives of Central Oregon youth through jobs, education, and stewardship. Their programming creates pathways out of poverty while stimulating regional economic growth. The “work-learn-earn” model invests in local young people, many of whom come from disadvantaged backgrounds, to prepare them for the workforce and to encourage their self-sufficiency. Every year, Heart of Oregon Corps provides job skills training, education, and leadership development to over 300 local young people ages 16-24 that face major barriers to success

September 14, 2016

August DUII enforcement result

From Curtis Chambers Sergeant, Redmond PD

Redmond Police Department announce DUII enforcement August results, planned September enforcement

The Redmond Police Department conducted two enhanced DUII enforcement patrols in August. During this effort, Redmond police put two additional officers on the road, funded by DUII grant funds. These two Officers worked a total of eight (8) hours resulting in approximately 16 traffic stops being conducted. No DUII arrests were made, however, during one of the enforcement patrols, they made two (2) arrests for Unlawful Possession, Delivery and Manufacture of Methamphetamine.

During the month of August, patrol officers working their regular shifts arrested six (6) DUII drivers.

Redmond police will continue enhanced DUII patrols throughout the remaining month of September. Additional enforcement efforts are planned throughout the month.

The primary intent of these extra patrols is to prevent deaths, injuries and property damage caused by DUII drivers by removing them from the road. Redmond Police Department officers are trained to look for signs of impairment beyond just alcohol, as many other substances, legal or illegal, can impair a person’s ability to operate a vehicle.

The officers of your Redmond Police Department are committed to making Redmond the safest city in Oregon. Preventing, locating and arresting DUII drivers is one of many ways they are working to accomplish this vision. Funding to support these enhanced DUII patrols is provided by a DUII High Visibility Enforcement Grant, awarded to the Redmond Police Department from the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Please report suspected DUII drivers by calling 541-693-6911 in Deschutes County or anywhere in Oregon by calling 800-24-DRUNK (800-243-7865).

Check out the Sept. 14 Spokesman!

The City of Redmond, Oregon is looking to build a new plaza near Centennial Park, the Ridgeview High School volleyball team is off to a strong start and Beer Stop Growler Fill and Pint Station introduces IPA Fest. It's all in this week's Spokesman, available today at locations including Ray's Food Place in Sisters, Terrebonne Thriftway and Erickson's in Prineville.

For the love of 'The Hub'

Community provided spotlight, through photo

Anne Graham / Submitted photo
This is Frank Graham and George Endicott at the Chucks in Public Places auction event on August 28 outside of City Hall. Frank was the emcee and is a member of the city of Redmond Committee for Art in Public Places. 

This a photo from the community, which is part of recurring feature of the Spokesman called "For the Love of 'The Hub.'" Every week, we will print a photo, or photos, from our readers that are within the requirement that the photo is taken in Redmond, or of Redmond citizens. Send your photos at any time: Please email your images in high resolution to If you have any questions, give us a call at 541-548-2184.

September 13, 2016

Mentor a child in need

News Release from Deschutes Co. Sheriff's Office


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Central Oregon Partnerships for Youth (COPY), a program of the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, is offering a class to prepare volunteers to become mentors for children with an incarcerated parent. 

After initial training and comprehensive background checks, volunteers are matched with a child in Bend, Redmond, Sisters or LaPine that share similar interests and activities and commit to spending a few hours a week together for a minimum of one year. This time is often spent going to community events, working on homework, attending art programs, participating in sports, or simply hanging out and talking.

On Saturday, September 24, COPY will offer an orientation/training class. This six-hour class covers program policies, how to establish a mentor relationship, the impact incarceration has on families, and communication skills. There is no cost to attend, but advanced registration is required. For additional details please call 541-388-6651 or email Additional program information is available at the Sheriff's Office web site

September 12, 2016

Fatal accident Sept. 11

News Release from Oregon State Police 

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On September 11, at about 9:30 a.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a multiple vehicle crash on Highway 20 near milepost 12.5 (west of Tumalo).

Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 2000 Toyota Tacoma, operated by David FINCHER, age 45, of Sherwood, was travelling eastbound when he lost control negotiating a corner and crossed into the oncoming lane of travel. The Tacoma collided with two separate westbound vehicles, a gray 2014 Volkswagen Jetta, operated by Sarah PETERSON, age 37, of Bend, and passengers, female child, age 2, and male child, age 7; and a gray 2016 Dodge Charger, operated by Alexander PERKINS, age 28, of Bend and passenger Ashley PERKINS, age 27, of Bend.

The two year old female child passenger suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The remaining occupants were transported to St. Charles Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.

FINCHER was arrested and lodged into Deschutes County Jail for Manslaughter 2nd Degree. Additional charges are pending. FINCHER is scheduled to be arraigned in Deschutes County Circuit Court on Monday, September 12th at 1:30 p.m. (Today)

Highway 20 was closed for approximately three hours following the crash. One lane was opened for two hours until both lanes were reopened.

OSP is being assisted by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office, Deschutes County Rural Fire District and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

OSP is seeking the public assistance for additional witnesses or persons with information. It is believed a bicyclist just west of the crash location, was nearly struck by FINCHER in the moments leading up to the crash. Anyone who knows the identity of the bicyclist or who has additional information of the crash is asked to contact Senior Trooper Jason Hanson at 541-388-6213 or the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 503-375-3555 (reference OSP case # SP16308856).

This is an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when available

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New renewable energy in the Pacific Northwest

News Release from Pacific Power

Signs agreements with 7 projects, 4 to be built in Oregon by end of 2016

Portland, Ore. -- Sept. 12, 2016-- Pacific Power has contracted with the owners of seven renewable energy projects to acquire the renewable attributes of those projects to help meet the Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) of Oregon, Washington and California. Four of these projects are new solar projects scheduled to begin operation in Oregon in the fourth quarter of 2016 to deliver power to the PacifiCorp energy grid. Two other new solar projects in Utah achieved commercial operation in the past year. The single wind project in the group is located in Colorado.

"These agreements extend our investment in renewable energy on our customers' behalf," said Rick Link, director of origination at Pacific Power. "As the result of our recent request for proposals for renewable resources, we have found these acquisitions to be cost-effective steps we can take to provide customers the cleaner energy they want. In the case of Oregon and the recently passed Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Act, which increases the Oregon RPS to 50 percent by 2040, these contracts combined with our existing renewable resource portfolio will keep the company in compliance through 2028."

The seven projects will provide an aggregate capacity of 168.5 megawatts, enough energy to power over 25,000 average homes. Pacific Power will be acquiring the renewable attributes of these projects called "Renewable Energy Certificates" or RECs. Each REC represents a megawatt hour of renewable energy. RECs are "retired" with an independent agency to show compliance with the RPS. The agreements involve the purchase of future-generated RECs from all six solar projects and previously generated RECs from the wind project.

With the solar projects, both the existing ones in Utah and the planned ones in Oregon, PacifiCorp had already agreed to buy the power output of the plants. Now buying the RECs allows the company to apply the contracts toward the RPS goals set by the states Pacific Power serves.

The projects are:

Bend, Oregon
Bear Creek Solar Center 10 MW scheduled construction completion, fourth quarter 2016

Bly, Oregon
Bly Solar Center 8.5 MW scheduled construction completion, fourth quarter 2016

Madras, Oregon
Adams Solar Center 10 MW scheduled construction completion, fourth quarter 2016
Elbe Solar Center 10 MW scheduled construction completion, fourth quarter 2016

Logan, Colorado
Logan Wind Energy 201 MW, not connected to PacifiCorp system

Milford County, Utah
Pavant Solar 50 MW

Iron County, Utah
Enterprise Solar 80 MW

The company expects the one-time rate impact of these agreements to be around 1/20th of one percent, or about a nickel on a hundred dollar electric bill for Oregon customers.

About Pacific Power
Pacific Power provides electric service to more than 740,000 customers in Oregon, Washington and California. The company works to meet growing energy demand while protecting and enhancing the environment. Pacific Power is part of PacifiCorp, one of the lowest-cost electricity providers in the United States, with almost 1.8 million customers in six western states. Information about Pacific Power is available on the company's website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via

September 6, 2016

Eastside Sewer Interceptor Project on track

From Heather Cassaro, City Communications Manager

Work by City Engineers Reduces Project Costs by $1.5 million

  On Aug 23 Redmond City Council awarded JAL Construction the $6.4 million dollar contract for the construction of the Eastside Sewer Interceptor (ESSI) project.  The interceptor provides essential infrastructure needed to serve approximately 1,500 acres of industrial land and spur light industrial and manufacturing development in Redmond.  The project will install approximately 8,550’ of sewer line, from NE 5th/NE Oak parallel to the railroad down to SE Evergreen, with a lateral to the east along Highway 126 ending near the USFS Air Center.

  “This City Council has focused very intently on economic development and job creation.  Awarding this contract is a major milestone.  When the first phase is completed in 2017 Redmond will be better positioned to attract more job and tax generating users on our eastside lands,” states Mayor George Endicott.

  Earlier this summer, City of Redmond officials entered into a 30-year Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan with the State of Oregon.  The loan provided the financing to build the first phase of the ESSI at an estimated cost of $7,129,500.  The term of the loan is 30 years with a 2.29 percent interest and an annual fee of 0.5% of the outstanding loan amount.  However, the loan rate was recently reduced to 1.0 percent as a result of the State accepting the City’s Engineering Department successful in-house ESSI project design.  This results in an annual savings to the City of $49,500 or approximately $1.5 million over the life of the 30 year loan. 

  Funding for the project is supported by City of Redmond system development charge revenue. 

  “We were very happy to find out from DEQ that designing the Eastside Sewer Interceptor with our own staff resulted in a reduction in the interest rate for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan,” comments City Engineer Mike Caccavano.  “I am proud that the quality of our work is recognized by regulatory agencies and as a result, we were able save taxpayers more than a million dollars.”

  To learn more about the ESSI project, please contact the City of Redmond’s Engineering Department at 541-504-2002 or visit them online

September 5, 2016

September is National Preparedness Month

From Oregon Office of Emergency Management,


Governor Kate Brown and First Gentleman Dan Little begin the process of putting an emergency kit together with Oregon Office of Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps at Mahonia Hall in Salem, April 12, to show how to build a kit with at least two-weeks emergency supplies. Phelps said purchasing a few items each pay check - and using other items you already have - is a good way to build a kit affordably over time. (OEM Photo by Cory E. Grogan)
  "Oregonians are known for our grit and resilience," Governor Kate Brown said. "National Preparedness Month is a great reminder that we each must do our part to be personally prepared and develop family plans so we are ready for and able to quickly recover from major disasters, emergencies, and ultimately, the 'Big One.'" 

  This year OEM is participating in FEMA's Ready.Gov campaign to inform and empower people to prepare for and respond to emergencies. The campaign theme "Don't Wait. Communicate." provides a call to action for families, neighborhoods and individuals to make an emergency plan and communicate the plan before, during and after emergencies. OEM is encouraging Oregonians to set a goal of being prepared for at least two-weeks. 

  "What we do today to prepare will saves lives and property tomorrow, or whenever a disaster strikes," said OEM Director Andrew Phelps. "As we build a culture of preparedness in Oregon we are empowering Oregonians to be disaster survivors not victims. We want Oregonians to be prepared not scared."

  - Be informed about disaster risks. In Oregon winter storms, floods, heat waves and earthquakes threaten residents. Monitor all types of media -- newspapers, websites, radio, TV, mobile and land phones, and amateur radio are all good sources of information about disasters. Check out for the latest preparedness information. 

  - Build an Emergency Kit. A disaster can happen anywhere you live and work. Once it happens it may take days for responders to reach you and you may have to go without food, water, or electricity. Build an emergency kit with two weeks supply of food, water and other necessary supplies. The American Red Cross has a recommended list of emergency kit items: 

  - Make an Emergency Plan. Talk with your family and friends about what you will do and if you're not together during an emergency. Discuss how you'll contact each other, where you'll meet, and what you'll do in different situations. Read how to develop a family disaster plan at

  OEM has an array of preparedness materials to help plan for disasters available through local county emergency management offices. One of those publications is the OEM Emergency "Go-Kit Passport," a mini-booklet that provides a way to track family information, a home evacuation plan, medical contacts and prescription needs, as well as insurance carriers and critical information for family pets. In addition, the booklet contains a list of basic emergency kit items and links to other disaster preparedness resources. 

  Families and individuals can receive a Certificate of Preparedness signed by Governor Kate Brown for completing a "Go Kit Passport" for their emergency kit. Contact for more information. 

  September is National Preparedness Month and a good time to think about things you can do to make sure you and your family are prepared for emergencies. Oregon Governor Kate Brown has issued a state proclamation in support of National Preparedness Month, highlighting the efforts of Oregon's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) to work with communities across the state to train, educate, prepare and equip Oregonians for emergencies.